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Publicist: Jim Paul Assocs
Phones: 518 789 4182; 718 768 2746
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Christopher Williams: Gobbledygook,
a dance for Eikazu Nakamura (with appearances by Adam H. Weinert); and Hen's Teeth, a new work for three
middle-aged women, six younger women, and one man set to music by Gregory
Spears sung in Breton, Latin, and French by members of Lionheart and Anonymous
4. June 3 through 5 at 8 pm, June 6 at 3 pm. Tickets: $17 general, $12 members, $14 students/seniors.
Dance New Amsterdam, 280 Broadway, 2nd floor (entrance at Chambers
Street). Info at www.dnadance.org.
Dance New Amsterdam presents
Gobbledygook and Hen's
Thursday, June 3 through Sunday, June 6
Thursday to Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday at 3 pm
Dance New Amsterdam
280 Broadway, 2nd floor (entrance at Chambers Street)
New York, New York
Directed by Christopher Williams
Danced by Eikazu Nakamura
(with appearances by Adam H. Weinert)
Hen's Teeth (World Premiere)
Musical Score by Gregory Spears sung by members of Lionheart and
Anonymous 4. Featuring dancers Jennifer Lafferty, Storme
Sundberg, Hope Davis, Ursula Eagly, Emily Stone, Kira Blazek, Grazia Della
Terza, Alison Granucci, Joan Arnold, and Adam H. Weinert.
Tickets: $17 general, $12 members, $14 students/seniors, (advance sale
$12) Available at the
box office or at www.dnadance.org.
for Press Comps: 212.227.9856
moderated by Wendy Perron on 6/3
Free preview: Tuesday, May 25 at 12:15 pm, DNA's 2nd Floor Gallery.
From June 3rd to June 6th, 2010, Dance New Amsterdam will
present a concert of two works by Artist-in-Residence Christopher Williams.
Gobbledygook, a dance for Japanese dancer Eikazu
Nakamura (with appearances of dancer Adam H. Weinert) is inspired by the curiously anthropophagous
ramanga or "blue bloods" of Madagascar, the gaki or "hungry
ghosts" of Buddhist mythology, and the Japanese folktale Jugemu (made
famous by the Rakugo performance tradition and later echoed in the popular 1968
children's book Tikki tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel). The work incarnates an imaginary version of the Buddhist
segaki ritual concerned with personal atonement and easing the suffering of the
wandering dead. Set to a
sound-score by David Griffin. Costume
design is by Carol Binion with additional elements by Andy Jordan and
Hen's Teeth (World Premiere) incorporates imagery from three sources: the
mysterious flying women found in a Breton fairytale preserved by 19th century
folklorist Francois-Marie Luzel;
the Graeae, or three swan-like crones of ancient Greek myth, who share
only one eye and one tooth between them; and texts documenting the display of
holy relics in the Middle Ages. Hen's Teeth is a work for three
middle-aged women, six younger women, and one man set to contemporary music by
Gregory Spears in the form of a requiem mass sung in Breton, Latin, and French
by members of Lionheart and Anonymous 4.
The score includes elements of the homophonic chanson Cigne ie suis de candeur by Claude Le
Jeune (c. 1528-1600). Featuring
dancers Jennifer Lafferty, Storme Sundberg, Hope Davis, Ursula Eagly, Emily
Stone, Kira Blazek, Grazia Della Terza, Alison Granucci, Joan Arnold, and Adam
H. Weinert. Costume design by Andy Jordan, with additional elements by
Christopher Williams and Carol Binion. Musicians: Ruth Cunningham,
Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, John Olund, Michael Wenger, Larry Lipnik, Kurt-Owen Richards,
Jacqui Kerrod, Elizabeth Weinfield, Christopher Williams and Gregory Spears.
Lighting: Amanda K. Ringger
Bio Christopher Williams
Williams is a dancer, choreographer, and puppeteer based in the
New York City area. He was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Syracuse,
New York where he began early studies of gymnastics, drama, music, and ballet.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999 from Sarah Lawrence College where he studied
choreography with the late Viola Farber and puppetry with Dan Hurlin.
Christopher has also studied contemporary dance technique most notably with
Jeremy Nelson, Vicky Shick, Douglas Dunn, Rebecca Lazier, John Jasperse, and at
the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio, where he
received three scholarships for participation in their professional training
program. He also holds a diploma from the École Internationale de Théâtre
Jacques Lecoq in Paris where he studied physical theatre, acrobatics, and
mask traditions from 1996-1998.
has danced with Tere O'Connor Dance,
Douglas Dunn & Dancers, and
Rebecca Lazier's TERRAIN. He has also
performed for critically acclaimed artists such as Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard
Knocks, Fred Ho, John Kelly, Yvonne Meier, Jon
Kinzel, Renée Archibald, Edisa Weeks, Risa
Jaroslow, Eliza Miller, Nanine Linning, Beppie Blankert, Charles Atlas,
Wendy Rogers, Lisa Gonzales, and Anita
puppeteer, Christopher has worked with the award-winning master puppeteer Basil Twist, both serving as the Ballet
Captain for the puppets' choreography as well as performing the title role in
his version of the ballet Petrushka.
In addition, he has toured with the award-winning work of Dan Hurlin, including
Everyday Uses for Sight no. 3
and Hiroshima Maiden, and has
also performed in the work of Erin K. Orr and Lake Simons. His own puppet works
have been performed in the Late Night Cabaret of Jim Henson International
Festival of Puppet Theater, at HERE Arts Center
as part of the Puppet Parlor, at P.S. 122,
through the Arts at St. Ann's Puppet Lab, and at Dixon Place.
had the great fortune of collaborating with many distinguished artists
including Colombian visual artist Rosario
López, composers Gregory Spears,
Robert Een, Peter Kirn, David Griffin, and Ivan Jiménez,
choreographer Kindra Windish, with members of The New York Consort of Viols, and
with members of the internationally renowned vocal ensembles, Anonymous 4 and Lionheart.
received a New York Dance & Performance "Bessie" Award in 2005 for his work
Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins
and an impromptu Ishmael Houston-Jones "Messie" Award in 2009 for his
work The Golden Legend,which was listed among the 10 best
dance performances of 2009 by Joan Acocella of The New Yorker magazine.
His various works have been shown both locally in many New York City venues
including City Center, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, Dance New Amsterdam, Joyce SoHo, Symphony Space, Galapagos Art Space, BRIC Studio, HERE Arts Center, P.S.
122, La Mama Experimental Theater Club,
One Arm Red, The John Ryan Theater,
Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Clemente Soto
Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, Solar
One, The Mulberry Street
Theater, Judson Church, The Spiegeltent, nationally in Kalamazoo, Michigan,
and internationally in the Casa del Teatro Nacional in Bogotá, Colombia. He has
also been commissioned to set original choreography on dancers part of Island Moving Co. as well as on
student dancers at Princeton
University, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts,
and Sarah Lawrence College.
is the recipient of grants from The
Jim Henson Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation, The O'Donnell-Green
Music and Dance Foundation, The American
Music Center, and the 92nd Street "Y"
through the Harkness Dance Foundation, and was a commissioned artist of Dream
Music Puppetry through the Here
Artist Residency Program. He has received a fellowship from The Foundation for
Contemporary Arts, a Bessie Schönberg Memorial Endowed Fellowship for a
residency at the Djerassi Resident Artists
Program, and a fellowship from the Bogliasco Foundation for a residency at The Liguria Study Center for the Arts
and Humanities in Bogliasco, Italy. He has also been an artist in residence
at the Joyce SoHo, Dance New Amsterdam, The White Oak
Plantation, Yaddo, The Yard, Bates Dance Festival, and through
Movement Research. He currently
serves on the Artist Advisory Board for Danspace
Project and lives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
excerpts of work by Christopher Williams here.
Williams' 2009 work "The Golden
Legend," was named one the ten best dances works of the year by Joan
Acocella in The New Yorker.
Christopher Williams is available for interviews. Call 518 789 4182
Photos available (see below). For hi-res photographs and further information about this program, call 518 789 4182.
For information about and directions to Dance New Amsterdam,
check the website: www.dnadance.org
Hen's Teeth and Gobbledygook were created, in part, during a 2009 A.I.R. Residency
at Dance New Amsterdam (DNA), which included free rehearsal space, production,
and marketing support and also a residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Additionally, this work would not have
been possible without generous funds from the O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance
Foundation, the Live Music for Dance Program of the American Music Center. Additionally the work would not have
been possible without the generous individual support of Judd Williams & Anne
Bonaparte, Brian Selznick & David Serlin, Ellen Runge, Basil Twist &
Barbara Busackino, Steven & Michele Pesner, Eleanor & Harry Loose, Glen
& Dottie Williams, Ruth S. Trampler, Terry & Jane Keenan, Alice &
Norman Hatt, Juliette Crump & Bill Bevis, Margrit Diehl, George Gingras,
and Barbara & Stuart Williams.
DNA's Artist in
Residence (AIR) program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New
York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), in partnership with the City
Council and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
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